|Publication number||US8011408 B2|
|Application number||US 11/899,892|
|Publication date||Sep 6, 2011|
|Filing date||Sep 7, 2007|
|Priority date||Sep 7, 2007|
|Also published as||US20090065150|
|Publication number||11899892, 899892, US 8011408 B2, US 8011408B2, US-B2-8011408, US8011408 B2, US8011408B2|
|Inventors||Clyde N. Tharp, James A. Makley|
|Original Assignee||Avery Dennison Corporation|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (12), Classifications (15), Legal Events (2)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/801,281, filed May 9, 2007 is a related application.
The disclosed embodiments relate to labeling apparatus.
2. Brief Description of the Prior Art
The following documents are made of record: U.S. Design Pat. No. D486,512; U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,486,259; 6,241,407 and 6,379,058.
One embodiment includes a labeling apparatus which includes a labeler for printing and applying pressure sensitive labels and a hanger assembly by which the labeler can be suspended prior to or during use in labeling articles. Even though the labeler is light enough to be carried by its handle and used to print and apply labels, the hanger assembly can be used to suspend the labeler from a cable at a location above or near a conveyor on which articles to be labeled travel. A specific embodiment can comprise a labeler including a portable housing having a manually graspable handle, the housing having space to receive a supply roll of labels releasably adhered to a carrier web, a print head disposed within the housing, the web being transportable from the supply roll to the print head, a label delaminator disposed downstream of the print head and capable of peeling printed labels from the carrier web, and an applicator disposed downstream of the delaminator and capable of applying printed labels, and a hanger assembly including connectors secured at opposite sides of the housing, a hanger connectable to the connectors, and the hanger assembly supporting the labeler above the center of gravity of the labeler to enable the labeler to be hung at a position at which the handle can be readily grasped. In one configuration, the hanger can be connected or disconnected from the housing, if desired. In another embodiment, the hanger is held captive by the connectors so that it cannot be released or removed without disassembling the connectors.
There is shown a portable apparatus generally indicated at 10. The apparatus 10 includes a labeler 10′ having portable housing 11 including a manually graspable handle 12. The apparatus 10 is lightweight enough to be carried from place-to-place and used to apply labels L using the handle 12, and accordingly, the apparatus is hand-held as well as being portable. A trigger switch 13 is disposed adjacent the handle 12. The trigger switch 13 is disposed adjacent a front portion 14 of the labeler 10′. A rear portion 15 of the labeler 10′ includes a key pad 16 and a touchscreen keyboard and display 16′ and printed circuit boards 17 (
The drawings show the apparatus 10 as including a hanger assembly generally indicated at 30. The hanger assembly 30 can include a hanger 31 having a generally inverted U-shaped configuration as seen in
The shaft 34 can be inserted through the side plates of the housing so that the connector 38 is adjacent the side plate 35. The threaded portion 42 can then be threaded into the threaded hole 39. Thereafter, the hanger 31 can be snapped into the grooves 41 and 44 at respective end portions 33 and 32. Accordingly, the hanger 31 is releasably connected to the connectors 37 and 38. The end portions 32 and 33 extend for more than 180 degrees so as releasably capture the connectors 37 and 38. The shaft 34 cannot rotate in the housing 11 because the shaft 34 has opposed flats 34′.
The location of shaft 34 and the connectors 37 and 38 is such that the labeler 10′ is suspended or hangs from the hanger 31 in an orientation as shown in
When the hanger 31 is not needed to suspend the labeler 10′, the hanger 31 can be pivoted counterclockwise from the
Referring to the embodiment of
With reference to
It is preferred to construct the connectors 37 and 38, the shaft 34 and the hanger 31 and the connectors 52 and 53, the shaft 54 and the hanger 51 from metal such as steel, although other materials such as suitable plastics can be used.
Other embodiments and modifications will suggest themselves to those skilled in the art, and all such of these as come within the spirit of this invention are included within its scope as best defined by the appended claims.
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|U.S. Classification||156/384, 347/109, 156/579, 101/288, 156/577, 156/574, 156/387|
|International Classification||B65C11/00, B65C11/02|
|Cooperative Classification||B65C11/0215, Y10T156/18, Y10T156/1795, B65C2210/0089, Y10T156/1788|
|Oct 17, 2007||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION, CALIFORNIA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:THARP, CLYDE N.;MAKELY, JAMES A.;REEL/FRAME:019978/0200;SIGNING DATES FROM 20070906 TO 20070907
Owner name: AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION, CALIFORNIA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:THARP, CLYDE N.;MAKELY, JAMES A.;SIGNING DATES FROM 20070906 TO 20070907;REEL/FRAME:019978/0200
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